21st CSH Cases Its Colors

Story by Pfc. Crystal D. Eldridge
13th SC(E) Public Affairs Office

The 21st Combat Support Hospital, 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), cased its colors on the 13th SC(E) Guidon Field here Friday as it prepares to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Soldiers of the 21st CSH will provide detainee healthcare in the Iraqi Theater of Operation as part of Task Force 21.

"They have the toughest medical mission in Iraq," said Lt. Col. Robert D. Mitchell, commander of the 36th Medical Evacuation Battalion and acting commander of the 1st Medical Brigade. "[But] without a doubt, [these Soldiers] will deliver first-class medical care."

Some of the unit's Soldiers will be responsible for detainees at Abu Ghraib. Due to the high-profile nature of this detainee facility, Soldiers of the 21st CSH will be under scrutiny from the nation and many dignitaries, said Mitchell.

There is also cause for concern due to the nature of these detainees. Many of these detainees are dangerous, said Col. Jeffrey Clark, commander of the 21st CSH. Most are suspected of terrorist activity and many were detained while posing an immediate threat to coalition forces.

Regardless of their background, however, these detainees will receive respect and treatment according to Army standard, said Clark.

"[The 21st CSH will be] providing dignity and respect, doing the right thing."